Georginio Wijnaldum is doing everything in his power to ensure that Newcastle United come away from today’s home match against Norwich City with their first Premier League win of the season.
The Dutch midfielder twice put the Magpies ahead in a thrilling five-goal first half at St James’ Park, firstly opening the scoring with this tidy finish after good work from Moussa Sissoko.
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But, typically, Newcastle are not making it easy for themselves. Dieumerci Mbokani quickly equalised for Norwich, before Wijnaldum restored his side’s lead with a header from a Sissoko cross.
Ayoze Perez gave the hosts a two-goal cushion on 33 minutes, but the Canaries pulled one back within 90 seconds as Nathan Redmond volleyed home smartly at the back post after being left unmarked.
Wijnaldum has been one of Newcastle’s few positives in a difficult start to life under manager Steve McClaren, which has seen them collect only three points from their opening eight top-flight games.
The Netherlands international cost the Tyneside £14.5m in the summer – fee according to BBC Sport – but is so far proving to be worth every penny, having scored four goals arriving late into the box.
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